Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras

Digital SLR Camera




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Marketed November 2002
Original Price Open price

The Canon EOS-1Ds is a professional digital AF SLR camera developed primarily for studio photographers, who demand the highest image quality. Featuring a newly developed full-frame 35 mm CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.8 mm), the EOS-1Ds enables users to fully utilize the angles of view offered by the entire range of Canon EF lenses, permitting unrestricted lens performance on par with current 35 mm SLR cameras.

The EOS-1Ds combines the high resolution of 11.1 million effective pixels with an RGB primary color filter to realize finely detailed images of the highest quality among digital AF SLR cameras. Further satisfying the needs of professional users, Canon’s proprietary high-performance Imaging Engine digital signal processor realizes a high signal-to-noise ratio, fine detail and natural color for film-quality images, and achieves high image-processing speeds for exceeding responsiveness. Built for reliability even under the harshest of shooting conditions, the external covers and chassis of the EOS-1Ds are made of magnesium alloy for a lightweight but highly rigid body. Also, the seams of moving parts are sealed for outstanding resistance against dust and moisture.

The EOS-1Ds inherits the outstanding usability and functionality of Canon’s current high-end professional SLR camera models-the highly acclaimed EOS-1D and EOS-1V. Advanced features include: 45-point autofocus; a 21-point evaluative metering system; 10 White Balance settings for maximum control of color balance; a Color Matrix function with five settings, allowing image quality to be matched to the requirements of the subject or output device; and 21 Custom Functions/26 Personal Functions for fine-tuning various camera settings.

Type Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording medium Type I and II CF card
Image size 35.8 x 23.8 mm (1.4 x 1 in)
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Image Element
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 11.1 megapixels
Total pixels: Approx. 11.4 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Color filter system RGB primary color filter
Low-pass filter Located in front of the CMOS sensor, non-removable
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File system (except Color Matrix 4) and RAW
Image format JPEG, RAW, (12 bit)
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous recording Provided
File size (1) Large/Fine: approx. 4.1 MB (4064 x 2704 pixels)
(2) Large/Normal: approx. 1.7 MB (4064 x 2704 pixels)
(3) Small/Fine: approx. 1.4 MB (2032 x 1352 pixels)
(4) RAW: approx. 11.4 MB (4064 x 2704 pixels)

* Exact file sizes depend on the subject and ISO speed

Folders Folder creation and selection is possible
File numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
Processing parameters Standard parameters plus up to three custom processing parameters can be set
Interface IEEE 1394 (with dedicated cable)
White Balance
Settings Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, fluorescent light, flash, custom, color temperature setting, Personal white balance (10 Settings)
Auto white balance Hybrid Auto white balance with the CMOS sensor and a dedicated external sensor
Personal white balance Up to three custom white balance settings can be registered
Color temperature compensation White Balance bracketing : +/-3 stops in full-stop increments
Color Matrix
Type Two types of color space, sRGB and Adobe RGB. Preferable type is selectable out of four types of color tone in sRGB (Total 5 types)
Type Glass pentaprism
Coverage Approx.100 percent vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels
Magnification 0.7x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint 20mm
Dioptric adjustment -3.0 – +1.0 diopter
Focusing screen Interchangeable (9 types), Standard focusing screen: Ec-CIII
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission:reflection ratio of 37:63, no mirror cut-off with EF 1200mm f/5.6 or shorter lens)
Viewfinder information All information (AF points, focus confirmation light) ,Exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, metering range, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning) ,Flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), JPEG format, number of remaining shots, CF card information
Depth-of-field Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Eyepiece shutter Built-in
Type TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF points 45 AF points (Area AF)
AF working range EV 0-18 (at ISO 100)
Focusing modes One-Shot AF
AI Servo AF
Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection Automatic selection, manual selection, home position (switch to registered AF point)
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel
AF assist beam AF-assist beam is emitted by the dedicated Speedlite
Exposure Control
Metering modes available TTL full aperture metering with 21-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 8.5% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering
  – Center spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder at center)
  – AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder)
  – Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries
(4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering range EV 0-20 (at 20°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control systems Program AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field AE, E-TTL autoflash, manual, flash metered manual
ISO speed range Equivalent to ISO 100-1250 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50
Exposure compensation Auto exposure bracketing (AEB): +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. Bracketing methods
(1) Shutter speed or aperture
(2) ISO speed :
Manual: +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE lock Auto: Operates in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec
Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote control Remote Control N3 type contact
EOS dedicated Speedlite E-TTL autoflash with EX series Speedlite
PC terminal Provided
Drive System
Drive modes Single/Continuous
Continuous shooting speed Approx. 3 fps
Max. burst during continuous shooting 10 shots

* The maximum shots per burst depends on the subject, shooting mode, and ISO Speed

LCD Monitor
Type TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor size 2.0″
Dots Approx. 120,000 dots
Coverage 100% with respect to the effective pixels
Brightness control Adjustable to one of five levels
Image Playback
Image display format (1) Single image with information
(2) Single image
(3) 4-image index
(4) 9-image index
(5) Magnified view (P.Fn-30)
Highlight alert In display formats 1 and 2 above, any overexposed highlight areas will blink in the image display
Image Protection and Erase
Protection Erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the CF card can be applied or canceled at one time
Erase One image, all images in a folder, or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images) at one time
Sound Recording
Recording method The voice narration recorded with the built-in microphone is attached to the image
File format WAV
Recording time Max. 30 sec. per recording
Menu categories (1) Recording menu
(2) Playback menu
(3) Setup menu
(4) Custom/Personal Functions menu
LCD monitor language Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish
Firmware update Update possible by the user
Custom functions 21 with 67 settings
Personal functions 26
Power Source
Battery One Ni-MH Pack NP-E3

* AC power can be supplied via AC adapter and DC coupler

Number of shots At 20°C/68F: Approx. 600
At 0°C/32F: Approx. 450

* The above figures apply when a fully-charged Ni-MH Pack NP-E3 is used

Battery check Automatic
Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.
Back-up battery One CR2025 lithium battery
Dimensions and Weight
(W x H x D)
156 x 157.6 x 79.9 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in.)
Weight Body only: 1265 g (44.6 oz.), Battery: 335 g (11.8 oz.)
Working Conditions
Working temperature range 0°C – 45°C / 32°F-113°F
Working humidity 85% or lower